Once Upon a Christmas Eve
Maiden Lane #12.6
“A heartwarming stand-alone novella from New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Hoyt!
Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday – and Adam loves his grandmother, so he’ll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they’re forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he’s ever met….
Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she’ll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it’s the one gift this mismatched pair can’t wait to unwrap.”
This novella came to me as a surprise at the end of the eARC I received for “My One and Only Duke” by Grace Burrowes (which I recommend). The theme I determined from this novel, which is a common trait of historical romance novels, is that a rake just needs to find the right person to settle down with.
This story starts with Adam and his grandmother trapped in a blizzard with the only house for miles belonging to the St. John family. They take shelter with the christmas party in residence. Through his adoration of his grandmother, Sarah begins to fall for Adam.
Adam, the Viscount d’Arque, is a rake who adores his grandma, and Sarah St. John is one who has despised rakes since a scandal of her being caught in an unwillingly compromising situation.
Overall, this was a quick, easy read that definitely could have evolved into a full-length novel. I definitely recommend.
About the Author
“Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.”